Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 04:31am
Don't call me Geoffrey - Root
Root scored a match-winning 182 as England beat West Indies in the second Test in Grenada over the weekend, his sixth Test hundred cementing his position as one of the kingpins of the batting line-up.
Born and raised in Sheffield, Root is unmistakeably a Yorkshireman, but after being involved in a number of recent run-outs he says he has been affectionately named after another Tyke - ex-England opener Geoffrey Boycott.
The batsman-turned-broadcaster is one of the most prominent voices on English cricket - not always in a good way - and in his 108-Test career was involved in some notoriously poor running between the wickets.
His most high-profile 'victim' was Derek Randall in a 1977 Centenary Ashes Test, and Root says his movement in the middle has drawn comparisons.
Writing in his blog on the England and Wales Cricket Board website, Root said: "There was only one slight problem - everyone's calling me Geoffrey.
"Much as I admire the man I've been named after, my fellow Yorkshireman Geoffrey Boycott, I'm not all that keen on being compared to him for my running between the wickets.
"I've got Alastair Cook to thank for that. He came up with the name, and he's probably old enough to remember a few of Geoffrey's run outs anyway - and as I reminded him, he bats a bit like Boycott did as well."
Root was actually denied a double hundred in Grenada when partner Jimmy Anderson dozily failed to make his ground and ended the England innings with Root 18 short.
"It does seem a bit unfair when I couldn't really be blamed for Jimmy Anderson's run-out, which was the last of the three," Root added.
"Even Jimmy has admitted he was being a bit dozy, but I can confirm that Lancashire-Yorkshire relations are fine between the two of us."
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